COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Indian auto industry puts best foot forward

In spite of the fact that the Indian auto industry will be incurring a loss of approximately Rs 50,000 crore in turnover for the 21-day plant shutdown as a result of the countrywide lockdown due to the ongoing coron...

Volkswagen India gets rooftop solar PV power project in India at Chakan facility

Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) has successfully installed its largest rooftop solar PV power project in the auto Industry world-wide and one of India’s largest rooftop installation at its manufacturing facility ...

Skoda Auto India celebrates the rollout of the 100,000th Rapid

Skoda Auto India celebrates a new milestone in the company’s history: the production of the 100,000th Skoda Rapid at the Volkswagen Group production facility in Chakan, Pune. The celebratory flash red vehicle dons t...

Besides 18-year low, every passenger vehicle player registers negative growth in May 2019

While the month of May 2019 registered an 18-year low in terms of domestic sales for passenger vehicles (PV), the disturbing factor is that each and every of the 17 PV player recorded a negative growth. Such is the ...

Volkswagen Group to merge all passenger car entities in India

The Volkswagen Group has announced its intent to merge its three Indian subsidiaries: Volkswagen India Private Ltd (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Ltd (NSC) and Skoda Auto India Private Ltd (SAIPL). Th...

February 2019, a dismal month for Indian PV & 2-Wheeler manufacturers

The month of February 2019 has been a dismal month for automobile manufacturers, both four wheelers and two wheelers. According to the latest sales data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SI...

Skoda, Volkswagen Group India inaugurate the new Tech Centre in Pune

Skoda and Volkswagen Group India have inaugurated a new Technology Centre in Pune, India. The opening ceremony was attended by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and other government officials. On behalf of the Volks...

Icat releases certification with high security features

International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) has launched a new ICAT certification with high security features. This is a first of its kind initiative taken by any automotive certification agency in India f...

International Passive Safety Seminar calls for road safety and safe vehicles

The 2nd International Passive Safety Seminar (iPASS-2018) was conducted at ICAT, Manesar on December 13 and 14, 2018. The theme of the seminar was “Safe Vehicle, Safe Life”. The seminar aimed to spread the awareness...

Volkswagen concludes fifth season of skill development programme – Sarvottam

Volkswagen India concluded its Fifth Season of ‘Sarvottam: Hunt for Champions’, an annual skill development programme. Started in 2012-2013 as RQWC-Retail Qualification World Championship, the programme aims to furt...

Gurpratap is now MD of Skoda and Volkswagen in India

As part of the ‘India 2.0’ project, the Volkswagen Group plans to sustainably strengthen its position in the Indian market. The Volkswagen Group in India is restructuring its management as a result of which Gurprata...

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn faces arrest, says Japanese newspaper

After the massive scandal that rocked the Volkswagen Group over doctored diesel emissions a few years ago, here comes another one involving the top man of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Carlos Ghosn for financia...

China’s SAIC Motor Corporation to leverage technology prowess to make cars in India

SAIC Motor Corporation, the biggest vehicle manufacturer in China, will soon be starting operations in India through MG Motor India, its fully owned subsidiary. SAIC, which has acquired a massive technological prowe...

Pavel Richter is Production Technical Director of Skoda led ‘INDIA 2.0’ project

Pavel Richter will be assuming the role of Production Technical Director of the Skoda led INDIA 2.0 project of the Volkswagen Group. The 46-year-old will be responsible for the production of all the models at the pl...

Zac Hollis appointed new Director – Sales, Service & Marketing, Skoda Auto India

Skoda Auto India announced the appointment of Zac Hollis as the Director – Sales, Service & Marketing at Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. He will take charge with effect from November 1, 2018.

Volkswagen Group led by Skoda Auto to invest Rs 7900 crore in India 2.0 project

Global car major Volkswagen will be investing Euros 1 billion (Rs 7900 crore) in India for its India 2.0 project which was announced by the group recently. This money will be used to develop new Skoda models based o...

Volkswagen Group entrusts Skoda Auto with major role in India 2.0 project

India’s largest car manufacturer Volkswagen has entrusted Skoda Auto in India to play a major role in the overall growth of its products in India as part of the group’s India 2.0 project. The Volkswagen Group compri...

Audi and Hyundai plan to develop fuel cell technology

Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Group are driving the development of fuel cell technology. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components. The agreement is currently subject...

Abraham Schot comes in place of Rupert Stadler at Audi AG

The Supervisory Board of Audi AG has decided to transfer the duties of the Board of Management Chairman to Abraham Schot on a temporary basis with immediate effect. As reported earlier, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was t...

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, one of the largest luxury car majors and part of the Volkswagen Group was arrested in Munich on June 18, 2018 in connection with the diesel scam that rocked Volkswagen and the automobil...

Audi plans to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

Audi aims to sell approximately 800,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the year 2025. At the Annual General Meeting of AUDI AG held on May 9, 2018, the Board of Management presented the updated “Audi.Vor...

Mahindra launches Automobili Pininfarina, a luxury car brand

After acquiring the Italian design house Pinifarina sometime back, Mahindra & Mahindra has announced the launch of Automobili Pininfarina, the world’s newest sustainable luxury car brand. Automobili Pininfarina will...

MG Motor India to invest Rs 5000 crore in six years time, says Chaba

MG Motor India will be investing a total of Rs 5000 crore in six years time in India and will be launching its first vehicle, a sports utility vehicle (SUV), in India in the first quarter of calendar 2019. The comp...

Ducati India introduces Ducati Financial Services

Ducati India Pvt. Ltd., in partnership with Volkswagen Finance Private Limited (VWFPL), has launched Ducati Financial Services (DFS), which offers Ducati customers a personalised financing solution through the Ducat...

Volkswagen Group to produce electric vehicles worldwide on massive scale

The Volkswagen Group will be stepping up its e-mobility drive with 16 locations around the globe getting ready to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022. This was announced recently by Matthias Müller, ...

Gurpratap Boparai is new Managing Director of Skoda Auto India

Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL) has appointed Gurpratap Boparai as the company’s new Managing Director as of April 2, 2018. The 48-year-old was most recently CEO of Fiat India Automobiles Ltd.

Indian Auto industry figures Oct 2017, a quick glance

A total of 2,162,164 units of vehicles that included passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers and two-wheelers were sold in the country and 314,397 units exported.

Who’s sold more, who’s sold less? Indian Auto industry figures Sept 2017

Here are some interesting facts about the Indian automotive industry in terms of domestic sales and exports. These figures have been culled out from the production, sales and exports figures for the month of Septemb...

JBM Group denies recovery of Rs 7 crore cash and gold in I-T raids

Immediately after a news agency reported that Income Tax officials had raided the premises of SK Arya controlled US $ 1.2 billion JBM Group (Jai Bharat Maruti) and had recovered around Rs 7 crore cash and three kilo...

Steffen Knapp is Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India

Steffen Knapp has been appointed as Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India. The position was previously held by Michael Mayer who recently took up the role of ‘Head of Sales and Marketing’ for Volkswagen Passenge...

Top losers and gainers in Indian passenger cars sales in April 2017

Despite the economy looking up and the Indian car industry showing a positive growth of 14.68 in domestic sales in April 2017 at 277,602 units, five out of 16 companies have show negative sales in April 2017 as comp...

Tata Motors, Volkswagen Group , Skoda sign MOU for exploring JVs

Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda, to explore strategic alliance opportunity for joint development of products. The agreement has ...

Rahil Ansari is new Head, Audi India

Rahil Ansari has been appointed as the new Head of Audi India, effective February 1, 2017. Rahil Ansari brings a broad range of experience in Finance, Sales, Network Development, Retail operations and Aftersales bus...

Volkswagen, Jianghuai Automobile to develop of e- vehicles in China

Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Wolfsburg in Germany to define the next phase of negotiations between the two companies in order to...

Volvo Auto India strengthens senior management team

Swedish luxury car brand Volvo Cars has announced three new senior management team appointments in India. In the new organisational structure, Nalin Jain takes up the position of Chief Financial Officer while Jyoti...

 Volkswagen gets nod for modifying models with 1.2-litre EA189 TDI engine

As part of the ongoing exercises being undertaken to rectify the software glitches that Volkswagen had knowingly done to their diesel car engines, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in Germany has approved ...

Volkswagen IT Services India set up in Pune

With the objective of building internal IT capabilities and offering Volkswagen Group brands across geographies a centralised IT delivery and support location, Volkswagen recently set up Volkswagen IT Ser...

Prelim approval of 2.0L TDI Volkswagen settlement plan in US

Volkswagen AG announced that Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on June 28 with p...

Volkswagen settlement worth over $ 15 b in US over diesel emission mess

German car maker Volkswagen will be forking out more than $ 10 billion in a proposed settlement programme in the US in a bid to contain the mess created by a major diesel emissions related scam that rocked the compa...

Another 1.1 million Volkswagen vehicles to undergo emission modifications

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) of Germany has given the go-ahead for the modification of around 1.1 million further vehicles of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Audi bra...

Volkswagen Group India begins recall of cars to fix emission glitches

German auto giant Volkswagen will formally begin recalling cars in the country from July 2016 to fix emission software. To begin with the company will recall 198,500 cars in the country next month to fix emission ...

Volkswagen recalls 800,000 cars in Germany for rectifying emission glitches

Volkswagen has now recalled 800,000 cars in Germany for fixing the emissions glitch which it had in 2015 admitted to have resorted to in order to evade strict emission norms. Germany's Federal Motor Transport Author...

Kerala ban on diesel cars sends Indian auto industry into tizzy

The latest ruling of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banning diesel vehicles with engine capacities of 2000cc and above has sent the entire Indian auto industry in a state of shock and disbelief. The NGT bench hea...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India strengthens core team

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has announced senior level additions to its core team with Rahul Pansare joining as the new Head of Marketing and Sushant Balsekar, the new Head of PR & Corporate Communications...

Volkswagen not to submit interim results in sensitive diesel scam probe

Volkswagen which had earlier stated that it would submit interim results of its probe into the diesel emissions scam, has now said it will not be able to do so because of various sensitive reasons. This decision, th...

Toyota, Hyundai , Honda corner major JD Power awards

Toyota Kirloskar, Hyundai Motors India and Honda cornered a majority of the awards as J.D. Power recognised the highest-performing automotive companies in its 2015/ 2016 India customer satisfaction studies at an awa...

‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative makes VW India plant greener

Volkswagen Pune Plant recorded promising results in 2015 under its ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ programme that aims at achieving sustainability through environment-friendly manufacturing. Since adopting the programme in 2...

Pavan Shetty appointed Director of Porsche India

Pavan Shetty has been appointed as Director of Porsche India, a division of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited, with immediate effect. His remit covers the entire spectrum of Porsche’s activities in Ind...

No sale of new diesel vehicles with 2000cc plus engines till March 31: SC

Unmindful of the repercussions that it could have on the investment climate of the country, the Supreme Court on December 16, 2015 has put a blanket ban on sale of all diesel vehicles in Delhi that have an engine ca...

SC clamps the rich man’s wheels; Common man trampled too

The National Green Tribunal (NGT is going hammer and tongs against diesel vehicles and has called for their ban in Delhi, but in the meantime, the Supreme Court on December 15, 2016 said it was considering a ban on ...

It’s a Blue, Blue Christmas for diesel car makers in India

Leading SUV manufacturer in India, Mahindra & Mahindra will be the worst hit by the recent ban on diesel vehicles in the capital city of Delhi from December 11, 2015 to January 6, 2016 as ordered by the National Gre...

VW Group audit confirms misconduct and shortcomings

Germany based Volkswagen Group has admitted that the software-influenced NOx emissions behaviour of its cars in the US and elsewhere was due the interaction of three factors: The misconduct and shortcomings of indi...

Honda Cars to replace Fuel Return Pipe in 90,210 City & Mobilio diesel models

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has announced that it would recall a total of 90,210 units of its diesel cars so as to voluntarily replace the fuel return pipe of these vehicles. These cars include 64,428 units of diese...

More than 1 million passenger vehicles recalled after July 2012, says Govt

Since July 2012 when a voluntary code on vehicle recall came into effect in India, more than 1 million vehicles have been recalled by various vehicle manufacturers across the country. The recalls include those from ...

Kaher Kazem replaces Arvind Saxena as new President & MD, GM India

Kaher Kazem has been appointed president and managing director of GM India, effective January 1, 2016. He will be based at GM India’s Gurgaon headquarters. Kazem replaces Arvind Saxena in GM India.

323700 VW Group cars affected in diesel emissions scam in India

Volkswagen Group India has notified the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) that approximately 323700 cars belonging to the Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi companies in In...

Volkswagen new compact sedan by June 2016;  Rs 720 crore investment

Volkswagen India is investing Rs 720 crore (approx. Euros 85 Million) towards development, setting up new equipment and ramping up the production of a new compact sedan that will be rolled out of the company’s plant...

Volkswagen Head of Group Design Walter Maria de Silva retires

Walter Maria de Silva (64), Head of Group Design, is retiring with effect from the end of November 2015, according to a press release issued by the company. De Silva assumed design responsibility for all passenger c...

Indian Govt agency ARAI to issue notice to Volkswagen

On the one hand while Volkswagen is facing tremendous pressure coupled with major embarrassment on the global front because of the software fudging leading to tinkering with diesel engine emissions in their cars, on...

Another 800,000 VW cars involved in diesel emission irregularities

With regards to the latest notice issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., the Volks...

More trouble for Volkswagen as EPA issues 2nd notice

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that it is issuing a second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Thi...

Volkswagen India will complete evaluation of affected cars by Nov end 2015

Even though unconfirmed reports have said that thousands of Volkswagen cars in India have been affected by the diesel emissions scam, Volkswagen Group India has stated that its representatives have met Government o...

Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt to move from Daimler to Volkswagen

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Hans Dieter Pötsch, has asked the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG, Dr. Manfred Bischoff, to release the Member of the Board of Management for...

German transport authority gives Volkswagen timetable for global recalls

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has come out with a timetable for Volkswagen to recall cars affected by the emissions scam, a result of fraud manipulation by the German car major. The Volkswagen Group wi...

Volkswagen management decides on reorientation of diesel strategy

After the news of mega emission scam involving Volkswagen cars in the US and elsewhere in the world, comes the news from Germany based Volkswagen Group (http://www.volkswagenag.com) about the reorientation of the di...

Volkswagen: Das Auto Scam

It’s the biggest scam to hit the global auto industry. No recall of a car, anywhere in the world, has ever had such a distasteful flavour of deceit and intrigue. Germany based Volkswagen has some of the best brands ...

VW scam will lead to enormous financial damages, says Muller of VW Group

Admitting that the recent emissions scam committed by the Volkswagen Group will lead to enormous financial damage which “it is still not possible to quantify as of today”, the new CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaf...

Volkswagen to refit diesel vehicles with EA 189 EU5 engines

Now that the diesel emissions scam has hit Volkswagen hard on its face, the company is announcing its action plan to correct the emissions characteristics of diesel vehicles. The company had apparently used an impro...

VW Group restructured; Sacks employees involved in emission scandal

As a fallout of the massive US emission scandal involving Volkswagen, the Volkswagen Supervisory Board not only restructured the Volkswagen group but also recommended the immediate suspension of some of its employee...

5 million Volkswagen cars affected in emissions scandal

An internal evaluation in the Volkswagen Group has revealed that approximately five million Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand vehicles are affected worldwide. Certain models and model years of these vehicles (such as ...

Matthias Müller succeeds Winterkorn as CEO of Volkswagen Group

Matthias Müller (62) has been appointed CEO of Volkswagen AG with immediate effect. This was decided by the Supervisory Board at its meeting in Wolfsburg on September 25, 2015). Müller is currently Chairman of Porsc...

Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn quits over emissions scandal

The Volkswagen global emission scandal involving diesel engine powered VW cars took its first major toll on September 23, 2015 with Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG resigning from his post. Acceptin...

Volkswagen sets aside $ 7.2 billion towards rectifying emission glitches

German car major Volkswagen has stated that it is setting aside a provision of some Euro 6.5 billion (approximately US $ 7.2 billion) to cover the necessary service measures pertaining to software glitches resulting...

SPECIAL REPORT ON INDIAN TYRE INDUSTRY: An Un-Tyre-ing Journey

The Rs 50,000 crore Indian tyre industry today has a few reasons to smile and a few reasons to frown. On the one hand, after a lull in the industry while the demand for tyres in 2015-16 is seeing a growth coupled wi...

South India Special Part 1: Tamil Nadu

Five states comprising Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and the newly formed state of Telangana make up South India. Among these, it’s Tamil Nadu that is way ahead when it comes to its contribution to t...

House Full at Auto Expo –The Motor Show 2016

Despite the absence of a few big names like Harley-Davidson, Bajaj, Daimler India Commercial Vehicle (DICV) and Royal Enfield, the entire space at the Auto Expo-The Motor Show 2016 to be held at the India Exposition...

Motown India April 2015 issue out on stands

What have we got for you in our April 2015 Issue of Motown India? Well, for starters, we take a look at all the cars and bikes launched in the month of March which includes the Range Rover Evoque which will now be m...

Government plans crash test norms for cars

Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha on December 1, 2014 during the winter session of Parliament that the Government is planning to mandate the offset frontal...

Maruti Suzuki Is the ‘Most Considered Nameplate’

It is obvious that with increasing demand for cars and the increasing number of car models being offered by different car manufacturers in India, more and more people are likely to scrutinise their options before ac...

GM exports to begin with Beat to Chile

General Motors’ Talegaon plant near Pune in Maharashtra will begin production of vehicles meant for exports in the second half of 2014. The company will commence exports of left hand drive version of the Chevrolet B...

VW India partners with Wings for Life Foundation

Sonepat in Haryana was one of the 32 odd locations around the world that recently came alive with thousands of athletes running for a cause. Wings for Life World Run, a global race for charity, saw more that 50,000 ...

Skoda produces three-millionth 1.2 HTP engine

Skoda Auto has produced the three millionth petrol 1.2 HTP. The three-cylinder engine of the EA 111 series has been running off production lines at Skoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav since 2001, and is used in Sko...

Jean-Marc Gales is new CEO of Group Lotus

Proton Holdings Berhad (“Proton”) has announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales as the new Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, effective May 1, 2014. Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Proton and a mem...

Hindustan Univ, VW sign MoU on advanced course

Hindustan University and Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited have signed an MoU to offer Advanced Diploma Course in Autotronics in Chennai, India. This unique course will be offered for the first time in I...

Thuringia delegation from Germany visits VW Pune

An economic and business delegation from Thuringia, a federal State of Germany, visited the Volkswagen India plant in Chakan near Pune in the state of Maharashtra in Central India. Headed by Uwe Höhn, Thuringian Mi...

Buchmann is VW India Head, Group After Sales

Berndt Buchmann has been appointed as Director, Group Service of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited with effect from May1, 2014. As the Head of Group After Sales, he will be responsible for Parts Operation...

For VW group, India sales dip 30.4pc in 2014 Q1

Even as China continues to do brilliantly in the Asia Pacific region, India is a slight disappointment for the Volkswagen group in terms of vehicle sales. According to a company statement, the Group continued to rec...

VW India exports its 50,000th car, a LHD Vento

India is increasingly becoming an export hub with almost all car majors including Maruti Suzuki, Nissan India, Hyundai Motor India, Renault India and Volkswagen India exporting their vehicles to countries abroad. G...

Tata Fund invests Rs 300 crore in Varroc Group

Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF), the flagship private equity fund of Tata Capital, is investing Rs 300 Crore (USD 50 million) in Varroc Engineering Private Limited, the holding company of the Varroc Group, according t...

IAC inaugurates two new facilities in India

Leading automotive and commercial vehicle interiors supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), has opened two new facilities in Manesar (Haryana) and Pune (Maharashtra. IAC India is part of Luxembourg b...

Thierry Lespiaucq new MD of VW Group Sales, India

Thierry Lespiaucq has taken over as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited in place of Arvind Saxena who has resigned from his position as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division in I...

Kodumudi, Group Chief Rep, VW Group, India

Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, has moved up the corporate hierarchy with his appointment as Group Chief Representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with imme...

Car, bike, CV makers cut prices across range

Barely a few days after Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced an excise duty reduction in the Interim Budget 2014, vehicles makers across the country have announced price cuts of their model range. In the Interim...

A big zero star for Indian entry-level cars

India does not have a mandatory crash test for its vehicles. This enabled car makers in the country to keep costs low without really meeting global safety standards. Now the cat is out of the bag. The first-ever ind...

Mahesh Kodumudi gets more responsibility at VW

Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director Volkswagen India Private Limited, takes over additi

VW India get honoured for promoting water use effi

Volkswagen India was honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation at the first International Conferen

Skoda Auto India garners 10000 bookings of Octavia

Škoda Auto India has recorded over 1,000 bookings for the new Octavia within 3 weeks of its launch.

Tenneco inaugurates new manufacturing facility in

Tenneco Inc has inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in Chakan near Pune, India. The 13,000 sqm

Change at the top in Volkswagen India

Gerasimos Dorizas (52), Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd., has been appoin

VW lays foundation stone for new engine plant

Volkswagen AG has announced that it is expanding its industrial activities in Russia wherein the new




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